Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Get your juicers ready!

We are back again with what we made for the weekly Wednesday Treat Day for Jeff's co-workers at his office. There are quite a few steps to this treat, so I started early by making the dough for these Key Lime Sugar Cookies yesterday. The dough needs time to firm up, so I figured I would break up the steps a bit and get a head start.

We had do a couple unique steps before we began to make the dough so you will have to do a bit of pre-planning if you want to make these. The first step is mixing fresh Key lime zest with mild canola oil and allowing them to sit and let the intense flavor from the zest infuse into the oil. The next step is reducing down 6 tablespoons of fresh Key lime juice to just 2 1/2 tablespoons to condense the tart flavor without adding too much liquid to the dough. Once the soft dough has been made and divided, it is rolled out between pieces of parchment paper so you don't need to add additional flour that will toughen the dough. Before cutting out the circles, the dough needs a chance to firm up - it goes into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes at this point. The well-chilled dough is then cut into circles and each round is cut in half. If the dough has warmed up too much to easily move them to the baking sheets, you can stick them in the freezer for a couple minutes. After being transfered, each half is scattered with a generous amount of coarse lime-tinted sugar. The cookies bake just until golden around the edges and then they need to fully cool before you begin to decorate them.

To suggest that they are slices of limes, a quick icing of confectioners' sugar, Key lime juice and a few drops of coloring are combined. This mixture is then piped in lines around the cooled cookies. I would suggest using a fine #2 tip to do this or a pastry cone made from parchment paper - I had issues getting nice clean lines with mine as my smallest pastry tip is a #4. I would have liked them to be a little nicer looking, but I guess we can just call them "rustic" right? The cookies themselves are very crisp and pack a wallop of a sweet, yet still tart flavor. As you start to nibble your first bite, you immediately notice how the strong citrus scent commands your attention. The coarse sugar brings a sandy crunch on top with the firm icing adding a sweet lime accent. Be sure to try these with the little fresh Key limes - I know they are no fun to juice, but it is worth it!


  1. Wow - these are amazing. They look like something a pastry chef would have labored over all day in preperation for a magazine cover photo shoot!

    Do you mail cookies? If so, I'm in!

  2. You would have liked them to look nicer??? Come on, you're being way too hard on yourself! These look great! Keep up the good work.

  3. Those look wonderful! I love key lime anything. I bet they tasted as good as they looked.

  4. Good lord, those are gorgeous! And your description of how they taste has me ready to purchase the next key limes I see and try this for myself.

  5. Those are utterly adorable.

  6. Adorable - but I think that piping all those lines would probably drive me stir crazy!

  7. Looks like miles of cookies!

  8. Hi Joe! These look simply amazing! I would never have thought about incorporating lime into sugar cookies, but now I'm very intrigued! Now, to just find some limes!

  9. Cute!

    But I'm not keen on juicing any more key limes until I find an easier way...... ;)

  10. Rustic? These are so beautiful! I always feel the same way about my desserts, but these are really pretty!

    - kelly

  11. Joe, congratulations! Yours is one of the blogs I tend to check regularly as well. You do a great job -- gorgeous pictures, good recipe selections and best of all, you are both concise and meaningful. Keep up the good work!

  12. Anon - I may have to start!

    Anon - Thank you!

    Tammy - They sure tasted good!

    Julie - I hope you give them a try!

    s'kat - Thanks!

    Ellie - at about the 45th cookie I began to wonder if this was a good idea or not! I was tempted to just drizzle the rest.

    Michele - it felt like it too! hee hee....

    Gilly - Thanks!

    Alysha - right back at you!

    Kelly - Thank you!

    Anna - Hopefully we are not boring everyone, some days it feels like I am repeating myself!

    Kay - Thanks!

  13. Wow - these look great Joe!!! I might just have to make 'em, but do you find people consider them too much of a challenge before they even taste them? Lime in cookies doesn't seem like it'd be all that popular with MOST folks... (Me, on the other hand? I'd love 'em!)

  14. Jeph - I wondered as they have a pretty powerful favor - however, everyone ate them right up and loved the refreshing change to a cookie!